World Business Council for Sustainable Development

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The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), "formed in January 1995 through a merger between the Business Council for Sustainable Development (BCSD) in Geneva and the World Industry Council for the Environment (WICE) in Paris," is an organization made of 165 international companies. The WBCSD claims to be committed "to sustainable development via the three pillars of economic growth, ecological balance and social progress". It has members from more than 35 countries in over 20 major industrial sectors. [1] Founded by Stephan Schmidheiny and Maurice Strong.[2]

World Business Summit on Climate Change

"The United Nations Global Compact, the Copenhagen Climate Council, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the PEW Center on Global Climate Change will convene a World Business Summit on Climate Change in Copenhagen on 24-26 May 2009. The Summit aims to ensure that a new global policy framework on climate change takes into account the needs of the business community and provides the right incentives for cutting carbon emissions. [3]

Critique

On June 1, 1997, CorpWatch wrote "This carefully crafted tone of heartening ambiguity masks the reality that WBCSD members, along with many other large corporations, have pushed hard over the last five years for increased corporate power on the global stage. They have been the primary force behind negotiations under GATT, WTO, NAFTA and now the OECD's Multilateral Agreement on Investment. All of these agreements give corporations ever greater rights and ever fewer trade and investment restrictions."

Governance

"The WBCSD is a member-led organization governed by a Council composed of the Council Members of our member companies. The Council elects the Executive Committee , including the Chairman and four Vice Chairmen.

"The Council meets annually to decide on the organization’s priorities and discuss strategic issues connected to sustainable development. These meetings provide a forum where business leaders can analyze and debate views and experiences on all aspects of sustainable development.

"The Executive Committee oversees the management of the organization, and normally meets three times a year." [4]

Executive Committee

Accessed June 2010: [1]

VICE CHAIRMEN

MEMBERS

EX OFFICIO

Executive Committee (1999)

Accessed June 2010: [2]

Vice chairmen

Members

  • Livio D. DeSimone - Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, 3M Company, USA
  • Jürgen Dormann - Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Management, Aventis, France
  • Christopher S. Gibson-Smith - Managing Director, Executive Vice President Policy and Technology, BP Amoco, United Kingdom
  • Reuel Khosa - Chairman, ESKOM, South Africa
  • Erling S. Lorentzen - Chairman, Aracruz Celulose, Brazil
  • Hugh M. Morgan - Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, WMC, Australia
  • Egil Myklebust - President and Chief Executive Officer, Norsk Hydro, Norway
  • Ron Osborne - President and Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Power Generation, Canada
  • Phil Watts - Group Managing Director, Royal Dutch/Shell Group, The Netherlands/United Kingdom

Ex-officio

  • Lord Holme of Cheltenham - Cairman of the Commission on Environment, ICC, Special Adviser to the Chairman, Rio Tinto, United Kingdom
  • Richard D. McCormick - Vice President, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Chairman Emeritus, U SWEST, United States

North America Members (1999)

Accessed June 2010: [3]

Canada

USA

Members

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United States

Some European Members

Contact Information

4, chemin de Conches
1231 Conches-Geneva
Switzerland
Tel: +41 (22) 839 3100
Fax: +41 (22) 839 3131
Email: info AT wbcsd.org
Website: http://www.wbcsd.org

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch

References

  1. Directors, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, accessed June 7, 2010.
  2. Annual Report 1999, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, accessed June 7, 2010.
  3. Annual Report 1999, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, accessed June 7, 2010.
  4. Travis Engen, EK, accessed October 7, 2007.

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